Effective fall 2003
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) implemented the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) for Texas public institutions of higher education, a program to replace the former TASP program. It is the intent of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that Texas public institutions of higher education use the flexibility and responsibility of TSI rules to improve individualized programs to ensure the success of students in higher education. The colleges of the Dallas County Community College District make every effort to ensure that students have equal opportunity for success in their academic coursework. In order to facilitate their college readiness for such coursework, the colleges assess students with a TSI required assessment instrument and places them based on their assessment results. Students of the colleges of DCCCD must be assessed on TSI Reading, Writing and Math. TSI Standards in Reading, Writing and Math must be met with required course prerequisites.
After you are admitted, but prior to registration, you must either present scores from an assessment test associated with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program or be exempt. See exemptions from TSI requirements in this section to determine if you are exempt or waived from TSI requirements.
If you are TSI exempt, you are still required to meet specific course prerequisites usually by taking an assessment test to determine college level readiness skills. Some course prerequisites from the colleges of DCCCD could require a higher cut score than those outlined by the THECB TSI state minimum requirements.
Assessment is not used to determine admission except for students wishing to enroll in "special admissions" programs. The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Program is required by state law to ensure students enrolled in Texas public colleges possess the academic skills needed to perform effectively in college-level coursework. TSI includes a testing component designed to identify and provide information about your reading, writing, and math skills. You are expected to consult with the college TSI Coordinator in order to meet the TSI requirements
. It is your responsibility to be aware of all TSI regulations. For more information, visit the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Web site at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/
TSI Assessment Instruments
Students must still meet course prerequisite requirements which can include taking a college assessment test.